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German Chancellor Angela Merkel  (AP)

The Pontiff said in an interview he had been called by the German Chancellor, after she was angered by his comments on Europe

Pope Francis talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Vatican (AP)

Francis described Europe as ‘a barren woman’ during a speech at the European parliament in 2014

A child looks on as migrants wait at the Slovenia border in Trnovec, Croatia (CNS photo/Antonio Bronic, Reuters)

Cardinal Parolin will meet refugees during a three-day visit to Slovenia

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope has discussed China’s role on the world stage during an interview with Asia Times at the Vatican

The fear of prosecution has previously made many doctors reluctant to administer lethal injections to patients who had lost their mental capacity (PA)

Doctors will be free to administer lethal injections to dementia patients who have signed advance directives

Pope Francis smiles as he arrives to lead his general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican last week (CNS)

Pope Francis has been selected to as the 2016 recipient of Germany’s Charlemagne Prize

Flowers lay outside the Carillon cafe, a site of last Friday's attacks in Paris (AP)

Only Christianity can rescue Europe

Some have seized on attacks by Islamists to smear all religions by association. But the Christian faith can play a key role in awakening the West from its slumber

A detail from a portrait of Galieleo by an artist from the Italian school

Priest and theologian Paul Haffner sets out to refute the assumption that Christianity stands in opposition to scientific discoveries

Young people from Brazil pass on the World Youth Day cross to youths from Poland (CNS)

World Youth Day 2016 will take place next July in Krakow, Poland

Migrants walk along rail tracks in Hungary after crossing the border from Serbia (CNS photo/Marko Djurica, Reuters). Below: A young girl screams as migrants rush to cross into Macedonia at the Macedonian-Greek border (Photo: CNS)

Commission of European bishops, COMECE, says the crisis requires a continent-wide solution